The family of Mohammad Ikhlaq, who was lynched by a mob on the suspicion of cow slaughter and eating beef, has been moved to an Air Force station in Delhi. Ikhlaq’s son, Mohammad Sartaj, is an IAF corporal.
IAF sources said the family was moved to Subroto Park, which houses the Western Air Command, on Monday night.
However, when HT contacted Ikhlaq’s elder son Sartaj to confirm the development, he said: “My family is in the village (Bisada). I have not decided as yet whether to take them to Chennai. The village is their home. Right now, I am focused on the condition of my brother and his treatment.”
Air Force chief Arup Raha had on October 3 assured the family that it would be provided full assistance and the IAF was ready to move them to a safer location.
Meanwhile in Bisada, some sense of peace could be witnessed as heavy deployment of security forces continued. No politician or mediapersons were allowed inside the village as the police are manning all entry, exit points to the village. Almost all male members below 30 years are yet to return to their houses.
“All shops were open today. All men are going to their jobs and fields. We have assured that the deceased’s family must live peacefully in the locality,” said Sanjay Rana, headman of Bisada.
Residents of nearby villages said they are not scared yet they are avoiding carrying meat in the open.
“There is nothing to fear. Muslims are living in this Hindu majority village since long and no incident ever took place. We have full faith in our neighbours,” said Mohammad Shamshad, a resident of Patadi village, located three kilometres away from Bisada.